Happy 4th of July and Happy SUMMER! Make sure to come visit the Stern Chiropractic booth at the Lincolnshire Red, White & Boom 5K on the morning of July 4th (click HERE for details).
We are in the middle of summer and fresh vegetables and fruits are abundant. All the wonderful farmer’s markets are around and hopefully you or your friends have your own gardens (I am very fortunate to have wonderful friends with wonderful gardens – as I do NOT have a green thumb). All these GREAT vegetables provide an excellent opportunity to create light, refreshing and nutritious meals.
(Make sure to read all the way down to the bottom to see this months Healthy Lifestyles Educational Program on Juicing).
Are you looking for healthier meal options? You know vegetables and fruits are good for you but you just don’t enjoy them as much as other foods. Have you heard great things about juicing your meals but did not know how to get started or if you would even like it. Well juicing is a GREAT option for the whole family and is much easier than you may think.
I have been juicing vegetables for breakfast for years and get many questions on:
Why should I Juice?
What type of juicer is best?
How do I get started and What should I juice?
Why Should I Juice?
Some of the health benefits of juicing are:
- Helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables
- Allows you to consume an optimum amount of vegetables in an efficient manor
- Allows you to add a wider variety of vegetables into your diet
Note: I am not a fan of juicing fruit. It tastes great and is okay once in a while but as related to your health, fruit juice, even freshly juiced, tends to be more sugar then you need and better health benefits could be gained by just eating the fruit.
Types of Juicers
I started my juicing using a Jack LaLanne juicer which is a centrifugal juicer. It was very good but I burned it out when trying to primarily juice greens and wheat grass (learned through experience that it was the wrong style for what I wanted to do). I now use an Omega 8003. I chose this juicer because my research showed it to be high quality, able to juice leafy greens and wheat grass (which I very much enjoy and is very healthy) and was an exceptionally good value.
I encourage you to look around, explore, do your research and choose the best juicer for you.
There are 2 main types of juicers:
- Tend to be the less expensive than auger based
- Juice quickly – large areas to put more veggies in at one time
- Run at high speeds – creates heat and can denature important enzymes in the food
- Not great for green leafy vegetables or wheat grass
2. Auger Based or Masticating
- Operates at lower speeds preserving all nutrients and enzymes
- Better for leafy green vegetables and wheat grass
- Works for all juicable fruits and vegetables very well but slower than the centrifugal juicers.
- Tend to be more expensive than centrifugal juicers.
NOTE: Many people think juicing sounds awesome, enjoy the juice and health benefits but end up not continuing for 1 reason or another. I encourage you to start with a less expensive juicer to see if you like it and if you will continue to use it or even better, find a friend who is no longer using theirs and borrow it. You may be surprised how many people have tried it.
What Should I Juice and How Do I Get Started?
What you juice is up to you and should be determined by what you like and why you are juicing but certainly start with vegetables that you like.
Green Leafy Vegetables are a great source of B vitamins (vital for your body), calcium, magnesium and many other vitamins and nutrients.
Colorful Vegetables offer many vitamins and lots of antioxidants
Ginger, Garlic and Onions offer many health benefits for heart health, digestion and anti-inflammatory, just to name a few.
As mentioned above, regular consumption of fruit juice tends not to be the healthiest of choices but certainly can be tasty and enjoyable. Commonly, people will mix fruits and vegetables to sweeten the juice and this is an excellent alternative.
Juicing all vegetables is what I choose to do and can be done in a way that creates a very tasty and very healthy juice. I have selected my favorite recipe based on the nutrients I feel I need and then played with it until it tasted good.
My Breakfast Includes the Following:
Lacinato Kale (a wonderful deep green veggie with lots of B vitamins)
NOTE: Make sure to drink your juice right away, the nutrients and enzymes start to degrade when stored for later if exposed to light and oxygen.
There are many resources on the net for recipes and nutritional content of the juice just make sure to have fun with it and ENJOY!
The best way to get started: JUMP RIGHT IN and TRY IT!
NOTE: If you are wondering if you need to use organic vegetables and fruit, see our last month’s newsletter Healthy Eating & Shopping Made Easy. It will provide you with all the information you need and vital information on how to get the pesticides off the non-organic vegetables you use.
Healthy Lifestyle Educational Series
Wellness – Mind, Body & Spirit
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This month’s program will be held on Monday July 8th at 7:00 pm at Whole Foods Market in Kildeer and the topic will be Juicing Made Easy (click this link to see full details).
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